During a Redskins game in 2004, Joe Theisman said of the Washington Redskins, “we have to score here.” We thought that was the most biased anyone on national TV could get until we heard about Huang Jianxiang, the soccer commentator for Chinese state-run network CCTV. At least Theisman played for the Redskins — Huang, in case you haven’t figured it out, is not Italian.
During the Italy-Australia game, Huang had these comments as the game reached it’s crescendo.
Penalty! Penalty! Penalty! Grosso’s done it, Grosso’s done it!
The great Italian left back! He succeeded in the glorious traditions of Italy! Facchetti, Cabrini and Maldini, their souls are infused in him at this moment!
Grosso represents the long history and traditions of Italian soccer, he’s not fighting alone at this moment! He’s not alone!
Hiddink (Australia’s coach) lost all his courage faced with Italian history and traditions … He finally reaped fruits which he had sown! They should go home. They don’t need to go as far away as Australia as most of them are living in Europe. Farewell!
Huang afterward wrote a letter of apology for his biased commentary on the game and said he preferred Italy because he had commentated on Serie A for years.
[Sydney Morning Herald]: Chinese commentator sorry over anti-Socceroo rant